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Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

Recreation Plans, Research Reports, Planning Guides and Programs

In addition to managing the State Park System, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has a broader responsibility to encourage coordination among all governmental agencies providing outdoor recreation areas and facilities in Oregon. OPRD acknowledges the adoption of Measure 66 by Oregon voters in 1999, which provided the Department the financial stability necessary to conduct long-term planning. This section of the OPRD planning website includes a variety of long-term plans, research reports, and programs intending to enhance the outdoor recreation opportunities available to all Oregonians.
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To remain qualified for stateside Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), each state must prepare a Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) every five years. In Oregon, the plan functions not only to guide the LWCF program, but also provides guidance for other OPRD administered grant programs including the Local Grant, County Opportunity Grant, Recreational Trails, and All-Terrain Vehicle Programs.

It also provides recommendations to the Oregon State Park System operations, administration, planning, development, and recreation programs. Finally, the plan provides guidance to federal, state, and local units of government, as well as the private sector, in delivering quality outdoor recreational opportunities to Oregonians and out-of-state visitors.

This site includes information for three Oregon SCORP planning efforts. Please click the appropriate link to access information for these planning efforts:

Current Plan:

2013-2017 Oregon SCORP

Appendix A - A Guide to Community Park and Recreation Planning for Oregon Communities

Appendix B - 2011 Statewide Outdoor Recreation Resource Facility Bulletin

Appendix C - Oregon Resident Outdoor Recreation Demand Analysis

Recreation Demand Analysis - Regional and County-level Summary Reports

Appendix D - Developing Sustainable Park Systems in Oregon

Appendix E - Oregon Administrative Rules for Distribution of LWCF Funding

Appendix F - Oregon Wetlands Priority Plan

Past Plans:

2008-2012 Oregon SCORP

2003-2007 Oregon SCORP

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Research Reports

Through the years, OPRD has completed a number of research efforts intending to provide outdoor recreation managers across the state with usable information for making more informed decisions. All research has been conducted based on sound social science methods. Many of the research projects were conducted as part of SCORP planning. As a result, reports are categorized below by planning efforts. To access the reports click on the links provided.

2008-2012 Oregon SCORP Plan:

2003-2007 Oregon SCORP Plan:

Oregon Trails 2005-2014: A Statewide Action Plan:

Willamette Greenway Parklands Strategy Report:

Ocean Shore Management Plan

Oregon State Park Visitor Surveys:
  • 2010 Champoeg Dual Survey Report





Oregon State Park Economic Impact Studies:

All-Terrain Vehicle Management Studies:

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Planning Guides

Evidence of sound park and recreation planning is a critical factor considered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department in evaluating requests for the grant funding available annually to units of local government for the acquisition of public open space and development of recreational facilities. Regional planning commissions or local planning departments, planning consultants, faculty at local educational institutions and others may be able to help you develop a plan. These guides are not intended to replace professional planning expertise that may be obtained by your community. The information and material in these guides can either supplement such assistance or provide enough guidance to enable a local agency to develop a basic plan where such expertise is not available. To access the guides click on the links provided.

A Guide to Oregon Community Park and Recreation Planning

Creating Connections: The Oregon Recreational Trails How-To Manual

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Rx Play

Two critical issues addressed in the 2008-2012 Oregon SCORP were fewer Oregon youth learning outdoor skills and Oregon’s physical activity crisis. Planning recommendations for these issues included the design and implementation of recreational programs to encourage focused effort to address specific issues by recreation providers across Oregon. Following the completion of the plan, OPRD planners have worked with recreation providers, recreation consultants, cooperative partners, and key stakeholders towards program implementation. Click on the following links to access information about these exciting programs.

A childhood obesity prevention program that combines clinician-based physical activity counseling and prescription with referral to physical activity programs offered by local park and recreation departments.

Rx Play
A childhood obesity prevention program that combines clinician-based physical activity counseling and prescription with referral to physical activity programs offered by local park and recreation departments. To learn more about Rx Play, click on the following links:

Portland Rx Play Pilot Study

2011 Rx Play Program Rollout

Portland Rx Play Medical Administrative Materials

Portland Rx Play Park and Recreation Administrative Materials
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Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones: Natural Play Areas to Reconnect Oregon's Youth with Nature
To learn how to design and build for Natural Play Areas to better connect youth with nature, click here on the following link:

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